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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is About To Make a $140,000 Comeback

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A 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer extensively refurbished by GrandWagoneer.com Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

A 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer extensively refurbished by GrandWagoneer.com Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

Britain's Auto Express cornered Jeep's brand head Mike Manley at the Paris Motor Show and made him talk about the upcoming return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV. He confirmed that return, saying, "It’s an exciting nameplate to bring back, I think.” Jeep used the Wagoneer nameplate from 1962 through 1991.

Mockup concept of what a wood-clad Grand Wagoneer could look like. Photo: Carsoid.com

Mockup concept of what a wood-clad Grand Wagoneer could look like. Photo: Carsoid.com

No doubt Jeep and parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are excited, because according to Manley they are likely to make a lot of money by selling ultra-high-end off-roaders to contend with the Mercedes-AMG G65 luxury chariot.

Mercedes-AMG G65. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-AMG G65. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Manley said he sees no potential price ceiling for such a prestige model, and he estimated that the Grand Wagoneer could evolve into a sought-after prestige statement costing as much as $140,000.

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

But pushing the Grand Wagoneer so far up market will take time, Manley conceded. "Pushing the car up to $130,000 to $140,000 may be possible, but we need to establish Grand Wagoneer in its own right first," he said.

Maserati Levante. Photo: Maserati

Maserati Levante. Photo: Maserati

In addition to Mercedes, Jeep will vie for customers with its Fiat Chrysler cousin Maserati, which has launched the Levante SUV using some of the same underpinnings that the Grand Wagoneer will likely employ.

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

Today, aficionados pay big bucks to specialists like GrandWagoneer.com for better-than-new 18-24-month upgrades and restorations of classic Grand Wagoneers. Clean used Grand Wagoneers from the mid-'80s through early '90s command $30,000 to $40,000 today on sites like Cars.com and AutoTrader.com.

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

Photo: GrandWagoneer.com

With Jeep's intent to make the Grand Wagoneer an extremely premium product, the new model should prove worthy of the fan following driving demand for these restored wagons.